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Summer Reading Program: Home

The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program.

About the Program

Summer Reading Programs Reduce Summer Learning Loss

Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support reading. These programs help to mitigate the phenomenon known as the "summer slide" or summer learning loss.

Starter Kits for Libraries

The Alaska State Library sponsors a statewide summer reading program by providing a basic starter kit of materials and a summer reading program manual to each library participating in the statewide program. At the conclusion of the summer reading program, participating libraries complete and submit a summer reading program report and evaluation. The information from evaluations helps the Alaska State Library meet federal grant requirements.

Registration

Registration for the 2021 Statewide Summer Reading Program has closed.

Report and Evaluation

Please complete the program Report & Evaluation Form at the end of your 2021 Summer Reading Program (due by September 30, 2021). This helps us plan and support future Summer Reading Programs and meet our federal grant requirements.

Slogan & Themes

  • 2021: Reading Colors Your World
  • 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path!

Read More Alaska 2021 Summer Reading Challenges

Register for 2021 Summer Reading Challenges

  • Participate by reading, completing activities, and writing reviews.
  • Record your progress and earn rewards.

2021 Summer Reading Log [pdf]
Created by Kelsey Skrobis, Anchorage Public Library

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Learn more about SFSP

  • Alaska Libraries are partnering with this federally funded program to improve services for underserved children and low-income families.
  • SFSP provides free, nutritious meals to children age 18 or younger living in low-income areas or pockets of poverty when school is out.

Resources

Programming & Advocacy Resources

  • American Indian Youth Literature Award

    "The American Indian Youth Literature Awards (AIYLA) identify and honor the best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity."

  • Diverse Book Finders'

    Its mission is to diversify and balance bookshelves everywhere, so that all our children can find themselves reflected and celebrated in libraries, schools, and homes across the nation.

  • WEBINAR: iREAD 2021 for Alaska [1 hr]

    Passcode: #.+6+HPe
    During this webinar, Diane Foote, the Executive Director of the Illinois Library Association, Becca Boland, 2022 chair; Donna Block, 2023 chair; and Tina Koleva, ILA’s Member Services Manager shared information about the exciting Reading Colors Your World! 2021 summer reading theme.

  • Libraries at the Center of Summer Learning and Fun [external PDF]

    An online toolkit to expand summer reading to summer learning.

  • Programming Ideas for Librarians

    An online resource guide designed to provide librarians with programming ideas, information and resources.

  • STEM Activity Clearinghouse

    In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use.

Additional Resources

  • iREAD Reading Program
  • Project Outcome

    The Project Outcome toolkit provides libraries with FREE access to quick and simple patron surveys, an easy-to-use Survey Portal to collect their outcomes, ready-made reports and visually interactive Data Dashboards for analyzing the data, and various resources to help move libraries from implementing surveys to taking action using the results.

  • Bedtime Math

    Fun activities designed to get children fired up about math.

  • Lunar and Planetary Institute: Family Space Days

    Activities that are out of this world!

  • National Summer Learning Association

    National non-profit organization focused on closing the achievement gap by investing in summer learning.

  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes

    Encourages parents to read aloud to their children for 15 minutes every day.

  • Youth Programming Goes Virtual-Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities and More

    A list of resources and examples for virtual youth programming from public libraries compiled by Erica Melko for WebJunction.

  • STARnet

    The Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its Science‐Technology Activities and Resources Library Network (STAR Net)

Sponsor

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.